- China’s probe Tianwen-1 expected to land on Mars around May or June.
- The homegrown Mars probe is currently traveling at a speed of 4.8 km per second in the Mars orbit.
- The probe is said to survey the topography of the pre-selected landing area.
- It is also expected of the probe to conduct weather observation along the flight routes.
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s senior space expert on Thursday announced that the country’s Mars probe Tianwen-1 is traveling at a speed of 4.8 km per second in the Mars orbit, and is expected to land on the red planet in May or June.
Bao Weimin, director of the Committee of Science and Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation mentioned that the probe is functioning normally and has sent home China’s first high-definition images of Mars, which contain a large quantity of scientific information.
According to reports, Bao mentioned that the Mars probe is said to survey the topography of the pre-selected landing area and conduct weather observation along the flight routes to avoid dust when landing on Mars. Bao is also a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the country’s top political advisory body.
The senior space expert continued to mention that around the world, many have launched nearly 50 Mars missions, however, among them approximately two-thirds have failed. It was also mentioned that although China’s Mars exploration began late, the latest probe by the country is designed to be highly efficient and innovative, aiming to complete orbiting, landing, and roving operations in one mission.